We threw our hiking shoes into the car one weekend morning, picked up a couple of friends, and then headed up to Point Reyes to hike the Tomales Point Trail. It’s about a 90-minute drive from San Francisco—mostly because the roads only get smaller and twistier as you get close.
The trail is a 9-mile out-and-back, with beautiful ocean views the whole length and very gentle hills. We were there in late February, lucky to get a dry weekend in winter; the hills were very green, wildflowers were blooming, and we saw two large clusters of Tule elk grazing—magnificent antlers on the males. Many other hikers brought picnics to enjoy along the trail—wish we’d thought of that!
Points of interest
Tomales Point Trail
An easy, out-and-back hike along the coast with beautiful wildflowers and wildlife!
Beautiful misty beach, a quarter mile from the Tomales Point trailhead; definitely worth a side trip.